Is this Program a Good Fit for You?
- If you are interested in hand-selecting the topics you study, this program may be a good fit for you. In this program, you can delve deeper into any course of study you choose, from art to education and from computer science to social work.
SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN GENERAL STUDIES
Take on our mission to build a better Texas that is eager to compete with creativity and ethical leadership in an interconnected world. We don’t just discover the future; we make it.
The College of Innovation and Design is where you will discover your career path or get ready to move forward in your existing career. You will be exposed to the global environment of today’s working world, and you will learn to perform research on topics of your choice.
Your faculty in General Studies have been teaching online with the university for a number of years and are ready to work one-on-one with you to help you succeed. Each faculty member has worked in industry and is excited to share their valuable knowledge.
As a General Studies student, you will tackle complex challenges and discover solutions with hands-on research in various fields.
Majoring in general studies will position you for numerous career possibilities. Whether you want to enter marketing, science and technology, education, or management and beyond, there’s a career path waiting for you.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020
Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Internships are offered as optional credit for this program and can be an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce general studies students.
While no official minor exists for the Bachelor of General Studies degree, you have many options available from any college on campus. Choose your favorite area and go for it!
This course provides you with coverage of a broad survey of global business issues. You will analyze the environment in which global businesses operate.
In this course, you will focus on building managerial skills to successfully achieve organizational change through creativity, innovation and cultural diversity.
The course is intended to be taken at the end of your college career, and uses design thinking to address the “wicked problem” of designing your life and career. The course employs a design-thinking approach to help students from any major develop a constructive and effective approach to finding and designing their vocation after A&M-Commerce and prepares students to articulate their marketable skills to future employers. Topics include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace, and practices that support vocation formation throughout your life.
Undergraduate Program Costs
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.
TOTAL: 120 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get into Graduate School?
Who is my general studies or applied arts and sciences academic advisor and what do they do?
An academic advisor is the main point of contact for all entering students, both first-year and new transfers. Academic advisors are responsible for advising all BAAS and BGS students, including course selection and registration. Your success coach is [email protected], 903.886.5370.
What are the minimum requirements for admission into a BAAS or BGS degree program?
For admission into the BAAS degree program or the BGS degree program, you should have completed at least the following:
Complete 65 total semester hours of college or university-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
- 35 semester hours in general education
- 3 semester hours of college algebra or an equivalent mathematics course
- 6 semester hours of English composition
- 6 semester hours of American history
- 6 semester hours of natural science
30 semester hours in your career field or technical/vocational discipline
You can transfer up to 85 hours:
- General education or core requirement (43 semester hours)
- Support courses in the major (6 semester hours)
- General elective coursework from an approved or accredited institution (36 semester hours)
Career field requirements consist of 36 semester hours of general elective courses. General elective coursework can be in any subject area or field and is easily transferred to the degree.
What is the “mandatory advising” hold on my student account?
All new and transfer students have an advising hold automatically placed on their account until they have contacted an advisor and declared a major. If you feel this hold is in error, please contact the College of Innovation and Design advising center at [email protected].
Where do I find books for my class?
How do I officially declare or change my major?
How do I declare a minor?
How do I obtain verification of enrollment?
How do I request a transcript?
How do I start the graduation process?
Who is my advisor and why would I need to see them?
Your advisor is Misty Lair. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 903.886.5370. When you reach junior status (at least 60 hours) and have completed a semester at this university, you will meet with your advisor for degree plan and evaluation questions, scheduling issues, graduation check-out, general advising, and job prospects and questions. Your advisor will assist with your graduation process as well.
How do I drop or add a course?
You can find information about dropping or adding a course on our General and Information and Policies page. Dropping a course may affect your financial aid and your scholarships. Please check with those offices before proceeding, if necessary. If you are unable to personally take care of the drop/add because of your location, please contact the department of the course you wish to drop or add for clear directions to fax or email your completed form.
How does financial aid work for general studies or applied arts and sciences?
You have to be enrolled in at least six hours (2 courses) to be considered half-time and eligible for grants and loans. Full-time enrollment is 12 hours (4 courses).
For more information, visit the Cost and Assistance page.
Please email [email protected] or call 903.886.5096 for questions about applying for financial aid.
How can I review my degree evaluation (audit)?
To see your degree evaluation, log into myLEO, select the Student Resources tab, then select the Undergrad DegreeWorks link.
To see degree requirements for a degree that is not listed:
- While in your Undergrad DegreeWorks, click “What-If”
- Select the term of your current catalog and choose the major from the dropdown menu
- Click “Process What-If”
If you have trouble getting your degree evaluation from the myLEO system, you can contact the college of your major to obtain a copy.
If you continue to have difficulty with this process, visit the College of Innovation and Design advising office on the second floor of the library. You may also call 903.886.5155 or email [email protected].